Thursday, February 3, 2011

Twilight stars join Hollywood highest rollers as they make list of industry heavyweights



High rollers: Twilight actors Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner are among the Hollywood stars to have made the most from the film industry in the past year

The young stars of Twilight have been named alongside some of Hollywood's highest rollers in a list of the industry's highest earners.

Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner all made it into the top 20 of Vanity Fair's list of people to have made the most from movies in 2010.

The three stars have all enjoyed high fees from the film adaptation of Stephenie Meyer's books, with Lautner, ranked at number nine, making $33.5million in 2010.

Stewart was the highest-earning woman in the list at number 13, earning a total of $28.5million, with her British co-star Robert Pattinson (15) close behind with $27.5million.

The list was topped by Avatar director, who soared ahead of his peers with a staggering fortune of $257million from the past year alone.

Most of the figure was thanks to the success of Avatar, which he wrote and produced as well. A further $4million came from older film revenue.

Top three: James Cameron (left) topped Vanity Fair's list with earnings of $257m in the past year. Johnny Depp (centre) was second with $100m, and Steven Spielberg third, having made $80m in the past year

Actor Johnny Depp was second in the list, making $100million from his work on Alice in Wonderland, Pirates of the Caribbean and The Tourist, and veteran director Steven Spielberg was fourth with $80million.

Also in the top ten were Leonardo Dicaprio, Tim Burton and Adam Sandler.

There were just six women among the 40 highest-earning stars. As well as Stewart, Jennifer Aniston, Angelina Jolie, Reese Witherspoon and Sandra Bullock made the list.

Listed: Leonardo Dicaprio (left), Tim Burton (centre) and Adam Sandler (right) all made the top ten

The magazine explained that the earnings listed did not include money made from advertising campaigns or television programmes - only film-related projects.

'We did our best to ascertain a star’s up-front advance for a given film as well as his or her share of the movie’s profits, assuming there were any,' it read.

'Often, the lion’s share of fees for a 2010 release may have actually been paid in 2009 and thus is not counted in this year’s list.'

It explained that though nine-figure windfalls such as Cameron’s and Depp’s are rare, actors are once again commanding pre-recession fees - a sign that the effects of the recesssion are well and truly over.

'The fact that a mid-range star such as Vince Vaughn asked for—and got close to—$20 million to appear in The Dilemma proves that the big studios are once again hungering to shell out Goldman-like bonuses for (somewhat) proven commodities.'

Taylor Lautner Named Top "Twilight Saga" Earner Of 2010

source: dailymail [endtext]

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